Step 7: Adding the water

For a bottle 5oz and smaller, add 1 teaspoon of water.
For bottles 6oz to 12oz, add 1 tablespoon of water.
For bottles 12oz to 16 oz, add 2 tablespoons.

Keep an eye on your planter after you have assembled it. You want to see water condensing on the top of the bottle and wet soil the next day. If you do not see this after one day, add another teaspoon per day until you do.

Conversely if you see mold growing in your seed starter, cut back the water by one teaspoon the next time you try. (3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon)
Look up Wintersowing. It will change the way you start seeds. Using empty milk jugs or take out food containers, seeds are left to germinate on nature's schedule. Just put them out, even in the snow, and come the proper time in spring those suckers will jump up and grow like crazy. Already hardened off, there is no need to baby them before putting them in more permanent spots. Seriously, the difference between the seeds I started inside and the WS ones was phenomenal. Glad I live in the country though. No snooty neighbors to critique all my containers sitting around. Have a good time growing! To the Instructables teams- I really enjoy the information on this site, so thanks for providing a forum for creative thinking.
Try cilantro, it's easy to grow and grows really well. It can be used for making salsa or pico de gallo. Yummm. And it produces TONS of seeds for next year. Cilantro also adds a nice Mexican spice to chicken, beef, or many vegetables.
how about starting a banana tree? if been trying to find out how...
I wanted a banana tree but the ones that seed don't produce fruit and the ones we get banana's from don't reproduce by seed, they send out suckers.
What, no sage? Nice instructable with good pix.
Not sure if that was an intentional Simon and Garfunkel reference, but I laughed out loud.
Great idea! Have you tried it with things other than herbs? Could you start vegetables this way by using a gallon milk bottle?
Home grown Basil is so good to cook with.
this is for legal herbs right ; )

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